1. UCAS code:
    R220
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA German degree is offered by experts in German literature, culture, gender studies, history, translation, music and contemporary writing and we pride ourselves on the range and flexibility of the degree schemes we offer.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German- speaking world. 
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany. 
  • Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Have a look at our blog to find out more information.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
Optional Modules
Languages for All Route 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module in TB1 and 1 x 20 credit in TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select a further 20 credits from EITHER Languages for All (2x 10 credits) or from the 'ALE' list (1 x 20 credit) (both given below).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
OR
German + Beginners Language Route 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLS130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish for Beginners I
MLS130WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)
MLS131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish for Beginners II
MLS131WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)
MLZ100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits. You can do 2x 10 credits in the culture module of your beginners' language (except for Mandarin).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLS100ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLS130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish for Beginners I
MLS130WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)
MLS131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish for Beginners II
MLS131WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
MLZ100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Advanced- Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
AND
Advanced- Compulsory Modules- Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2/3 x 20cr (with at least one in each Teaching Block)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
AND
Advanced- Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select modules to the value of 20cr.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
AND
Advanced- Languages for All 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select 2x 10cr

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
OR
AND
Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced students must select the module below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
AND
Intermediate- Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2B
AND
Intermediate- Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 or 3 modules, with at least one in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
AND
Intermediate- Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate modules to ensure a total of 120 credits, balancing TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3
Optional Modules
OR

Description

  • In the first year all students follow a language module which builds on your knowledge of spoken and written German and a module on German culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of film, literature and history of Germany. There are optional modules on German for Professional Purposes, European Cinema and Fiction. You can also study German as a beginner.
  • In the second and final year you continue to develop your language skills and choose from optional modules such as: Twentieth Century Berlin: Myth and Reality; Vienna Underground; German Song Cultures; The Meanings of Fairy Tales; Modernism and Desire: Germany 1890-1933; Shifting Identities in Modern Germany and a Dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level including a B in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in German will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translaton and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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